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A boy missing, but not forgotten

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Sky Gilbert’s abduction is blamed on his his non-custodial mother.
Roby Gilbert and his son Sky Thomas Gilbert have a distinction the father would just as soon lose. Sky was allegedly abducted by his mother Juliette Peet from the Town and Country parking lot two years ago, making the 8-year-old among some 200,000 other children nationwide nabbed by a parent in 2002. But unlike most of those children, he is still missing. “Ninety-seven percent of missing kids are found within 14 months,” Gilbert said. “(We’re) one of the 3 percent.” To mark the two-year anniversary, Gilbert, an island artist and musician, has organized a benefit to raise funds to help prevent abductions and assist with search and rescue.

Hoodwinked: the remaking of Maid Marian

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

A debut novel for grown-ups began in the children’s section of Bainbridge Library. Island author Elsa Watson, who reads April 22 from her first work of historical fiction, “Maid Marian,” turned to kids’ books to research a work about the heroine who appears in tales of Robin Hood, the 12th century legendary outlaw who poached the king’s deer in Sherwood Forest. “The children’s library has a ton of great books on the Middle Ages that are full of pictures,” Watson said, “and that explain things in the clearest, simplest kind of way: ‘These were the early Middle Ages, this is what life was like then, this is what it was like to live in a castle.’”

Ozone bids are favorable –– News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Pacific Marketing of Bainbridge Island was the apparent low bidder for the installation of an ozonator system in the Nakata Memorial Pool. Pacific tendered bids of $59,622 for the system without installation, $64,749 installed, park officials said during a formal bid opening Thursday evening. Bids for the contract from two other competitors ranged from $67,000 to $93,000 with installation.

City may buy ‘Lost Valley’ parcels

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

The eight-acre purchase would be a future link for hikes, bikes.
East meets west, and north south, in the Lost Valley. So future trail connections are the long-term goal in a seven-parcel, eight-acre public land purchase recommended this week by the city’s Open Space Commission. In the meantime, backers say, the move would create new access to 30 acres of city-owned forestland at the Head of the Bay, and help preserve a salmon stream that feeds the head of Eagle Harbor. “In a way, all we’ve done is taken the 30 acres that have been pretty hidden and open that up,” said Andy Maron, Open Space Commission chair. “We’re creating a little park there... It’s pretty cool as it is, and then we’ll look at other (trail possibilities).”

Ferry galley vendors selected

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Cascade Concessions vows fast service, fresh baked goods. Ferry galleys: they’re not just about the grill and the fryer anymore. Fresh-baked oven fare is among the goals of Cascade Concessions, a Vancouver, Wash.-based company that will provide galley service on the Bainbridge-Seattle run beginning...when? “Everybody wants to know when we’re going to get started,” said Nove Meyers, president of the family-owned concern. “We can be going six weeks after signing a (labor) contract with the union. If we can do that in two weeks, we can be going by June.”

BPA serves up fusion fare

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Western and Asian theater meet in staging of ‘Rashomon.’ The story will be familiar to film buffs who’ve seen Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon.” The revered Japanese director made an indelible mark on film history with his story of murder told from multiple points of view. But unless one saw the film during the era in which it was made, it’s hard to imagine the powerful impact Kurosawa’s innovative, nonlinear approach to storytelling had on mid-twentieth century audiences.

Ferry fares see next hike May 2 -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Fares on Washington State Ferries will increase by 5 percent effective May 2. Coupled with a peak-season surcharge that goes into effect the same day, car/driver fares on the Bainbridge/Seattle run will be $12.50 each way, up from the current $9.50 fare and the $12 peak-season fare of a year ago. The fare will dip to $10 when off-peak pricing resumes in mid-October. Walk-ons will pay $5.70 to return from Seattle, up from the current $5.40; that fare is unaffected by peak season pricing.

For every artist, there is a season

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Ott’s show is both an arrival and a return to her childhood. A first exhibit is a milestone in the life of any artist. It’s one thing to make work in the privacy of the studio, quite another to show it – an act that implies a vision worth sharing. Mary Louise Ott’s debut exhibit, “A New Season” is titled to acknowledge the occasion. “This exhibit marks the beginning of a new season in the cycle of my life,” Ott said. “I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember, but this is the first time I’ve ever publicly displayed my work.”

Sobering lessons at BHS

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

A mock car crash staged for students tells the grim tale of drunk driving.
Half-sprawled on the hood of a pickup truck, BHS senior Britt Thomas shows a deathly white pallor, in vivid contrast to blood covering the left side of her face. Nearby, Vince Palazzolo has gone through the windshield. A grisly death scene? Luckily, not this time. “How many of you knew Britt and Vince?” Luke Carpenter, operations chief of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department asks the student body. A forest of hands rise. “How many of you said goodbye to them today?” Mock victims played by members of the Student Leadership Class were part of a staged drunk driving “accident” Friday morning, played out before students at Memorial Stadium. Fire and police units responded as they would to a real scene.

A smile as big as you please

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

A full dental makeover brings a world of change for Dianna Tolan.
Best friends Dianna Tolan and Lela Milo promised that if one of them struck it rich, Tolan would get new teeth and Milo would get a new house. “Now she doesn’t have to (pay up),” Tolan said, displaying even rows of white, white teeth in a broad smile. This past December, Port Orchard resident Tolan was selected by Dr. Omer Anisso and the Islandental staff as winner of their first annual dental makeover contest. After five appointments to fix dental problems – with treatments including a root canal, whitening of discolored teeth and closing a front tooth gap – she has a smile that would beat Jimmy Carter’s.

Winslow planning finds new direction

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

A downtown czar and ‘Community Congress’ will lead the year-long effort.
Tomorrow began this week. To a chorus of approval from citizens and elected officials, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy on Wednesday unveiled a year-long, citizen-based process to bring parking, circulation, pedestrian and utility improvements to downtown – an effort dubbed “Winslow Tomorrow.” “We believe at the end of the process, people will understand why we’re doing this, how much it’s going to cost, and what will be achieved,” said Kordonowy, in a workshop that drew two dozen citizens to the council chambers at City Hall.

Lessons of history aren’t lost on this trio

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

The three have advanced to the state History Day competition.
History facts are that and nothing more, until you answer the question: “So what?” For 20 years, Loanne Harmeling, a world history teacher at Woodward Middle School, has challenged her students to find out why what they’re learning is significant. “My students don’t like it when I ask, ‘so what?’” Harmeling said. “We’re studying revolutions now. (I ask them) ‘How does that pertain to today? Iraq?’” That kind of thinking helped 10 Bainbridge students prepare projects for the regional History Day competition on March 17. For most, the work was an extension of a research assignment that Harmeling’s students began in November.

Islander joins Bainbridge PD -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Island resident and veteran investigator Maurine “Mo” Stich has joined the Bainbridge Police Department as a patrol officer. Stich is a 17-year veteran of law enforcement, having spent her career to date with the Seattle Police Department.

Safety afoot at Sportsmen’s Club range

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

The firing ranges will be enclosed with concrete, timber.
When Bob King and his wife bought their home north of New Brooklyn Road, they knew there was a gun range nearby. But its real proximity – about 700 yards, as the bullet flies – didn’t really hit home until last summer, when a stray round crashed through their garage wall. “I didn’t know they were shooting right at us,” King said, with considerable good humor and grace given the circumstances.

Memorial of hope

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Japanese American internees help break ground for Pritchard Park and the memorial site.
Nine pairs of hands grasped the spades, poised at the edge of a crescent-shaped pile of earth and waiting for the signal from former Secretary of State Ralph Munro. At 11:03 a.m. they turned the soil, marking the precise moment 62 years ago when a ferry carrying 227 members of the island’s Japanese American community – six of them present Tuesday – left the Eagledale dock on the first leg of a long journey into domestic exile. With that action, the elderly survivors of the World War II removal of West Coast Japanese Americans symbolically broke ground for the Bainbridge Island World War II Nikkei Internment and Exclusion Memorial, to be built at the end of Taylor Avenue, site of the former Eagledale ferry dock.

Parks agree to metro try -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Bainbridge park officials this week endorsed a proposed change to metropolitan park district status. The change – which park board members hope to see go before voters in September – would dissolve the present district and transfer park holdings to a new district entity with a stable funding base. All five members of the present park board would stand for re-election at the same time.

Take it easy, families

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Clear the slate for ‘Ready, Set, Relax’ next Wednesday.
Islanders who find that the pace of contemporary life makes “family relaxation” an oxymoron can clear the calendar March 31. The Just Know Bainbridge Coalition for Youth and Parents, a group founded last year, has “unscheduled” the evening for the first-ever “Ready, Set, Relax Bainbridge Family Night” to give families a chance to regroup. The event is the second put on by Just Know, which debuted last November with a forum on teen risk behavior that gathered more than 300 participants. “If the only way we can actually take time and spend it with our families is to have it written in the calendar for us, then hooray for Ready, Set, Relax,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said. “To have the chance to sit down and talk to each other is too big a gift to say ‘no’ to.”

Where the eelgrass is greener

  • Mar 27, 2004 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Beach seiners sample island’s array of nearshore habitats.
It’s a partly sunny afternoon at Fay Bainbridge State Park, and the beach seining team has waded into a well-watered garden. Just offshore is a meadow of eelgrass – not technically seaweed, but a submerged flowering perennial, and a staple of the Puget Sound ecosystem. With a steady pull, the seiners drag the ends of the 100-foot net across the plants’ slender leaves to encircle the subjects of the day’s study, gently herding them into a pocket of fine mesh at the center. Racing against the receding tide that threatens to strand the captured marine life on the sand, they sort through an impressive haul of crabs, gunnels, pile perch, juvenile salmon, and a sea of shiners – the crew stops counting at 869.

Council puts off decision on chief

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Rolfes suggests a more formal confirmation process.
Mayor Darlene Kordonowy formally nominated Matt Haney as the island’s next chief of police at Wednesday’s council meeting. What’s next is up to the council, which likely will undertake a more formal confirmation process than has historically been the case with nominees for senior city posts. “The council has not been involved to date in this process. Typically, we are,” Council Chair Christine Rolfes said Friday. “The second (reason) is, the position of police chief is one that is probably the most important to have a thorough process for.”

Owners to close Hildebrand and Ericksen shortcut

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

The move could force the city to reconsider a formal connection.
Those signs proclaiming “Not A Thru Street” are about to mean business. Winslow’s most popular traffic bypass – the illegal but unenforced parking-lot shortcut from Ericksen Avenue to Hildebrand Lane, used by hundreds of motorists each day – will be blockaded by property owners on or around April 5. Traffic bollards or some other prohibitive fixtures will be installed between the 901 Hildebrand building, owned by the Joshua Green Corporation of Seattle, and the 911 building, owned by Bainbridge-based Bamcorp, Green company officials announced this week.

Geo bee’s three-time queen

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Robinson finds her way to state meet once more.
Some know where to find the best latte in town. Woodward eighth grader Karen Robinson knows where to find Turin and the Po River. (Answer: Italy.) “Geography is something I enjoy,” Robinson said. “My grandfather’s a ham operator and I would sometimes listen in on conversations. If I didn’t know a place (of another operator), I’d look it up and study the area around that.” Robinson has won the school geography bee and advanced to the state Geographic Bee for three years in a row. On April 2, she’ll attend the state competition at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

Water, water everywhere...

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Groundwater, streams the focus of environmental conference.
No one can say it doesn’t rain enough. Hydrologists just wish they knew how to get more of it back into the ground. The water-naive may think Bainbridge replenishes its drinking water from sources other than precipitation. Not so. “We really need to keep water on the island,” said Stephanie Moret, water resources specialist for the city. “There’s been this idea that water comes from the Olympic Peninsula, but there’s no evidence of this.” The fourth-annual Bainbridge Island Environmental Conference took up the topic of water and watersheds, long an issue championed by conference co-sponsor the Association of Bainbridge Communities and in direct alignment with the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, whose work preserves areas for water to infiltrate the soil.

Mayor wants Haney as chief

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

She will announce her preference at tonight’s meeting, for council approval.
Bainbridge Island could have a new police chief this evening. Or not. That depends on whether the City Council is moved to confirm interim chief Matt Haney for the post; Mayor Darlene Kordonowy tonight will announce Haney, who has served as interim chief for the past year, as her candidate of choice. “I don’t know what Council will choose to do,” said Kordonowy, who has been meeting with individual council members to discuss the appointment. Haney emerged as the mayor’s preference after formal interviews earlier this month and discussions with the candidates’ previous employers and co-workers. Some island citizens also have started to lobby for Haney, while King County Sheriff and congressional candidate Dave Reichert called this week to offer his endorsement, Kordonowy said.

Seeking refuge in the USA

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Mike and Carol Gormley hope to avoid deportation to South Africa.
Their brief, “Michael Anthony Gormley and Edith Carol Gormley v. John Ashcroft, United States Attorney General,” might just as well be titled “David v. Goliath.” The odds of the middle-age Safeway grocery baggers winning their fight against deportation to their native South Africa, a case to be heard in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on April 1, might appear slim. But in four years on Bainbridge, the couple has attracted a cadre of loyal friends, largely fellow workers who have helped them fight for the right to stay.

Island’s undersea nursery

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Beach seining offers a glimpse at the marine life just offshore.
Ankle deep in the chill waters off Crystal Springs, a half-dozen lifejacketed volunteers sift through a roiling pool of seaweed soup, churned up by hundreds of yellow-striped shiner perch. The crew, careful to keep the netted fish submerged, sorts the catch: 30 each of the sculpin and shiners, and all of the more precious cargo, slide into the 5-gallon buckets. Crouched on the shore, Peter Namtvedt Best waves a wand over the silvery finger-length fish he’s placed on the measuring board. The resulting beep lights up the faces of the beach seining team like magic.

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